Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, has abandoned his attempted murder suit filed against Precious Chikwendu on Thursday.
Shortly after the case was called, prosecution attorney John Ijagbemi requested that the defendants enter a plea before Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja.
“The matter was slated for re-arraignment of the defendants today.
“However, we want to plead to your lordship for the withdrawal of the case,” he said.
Mr Ijagbemi informed that the FCT Commissioner of Police was in receipt of a letter from the nominal complainant (Fani-Kayode) about his intention to withdraw the case.
He said the withdrawal of the charge was provided for in Section 108 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.
After a lawyer to Chikwendu and others, Peter Abang, did not oppose the request, Justice Ekwo dismissed the suit.
The amended 14-count charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/01/2022 dated and filed on April 28, Chikwendu was the 2nd defendant in the matter.
Other defendants in the trial include Emmanuel Anakan, Prisca Chikwendu and Osakwe Azubuike as 1st, 3rd and 4th defendants respectively, while others are said to be at large.
Speaking to newsmen after the sitting, Abang described the withdrawal of the suit as “a welcomed development.”
On his part, Ijagbemi said “the complainant, via the prosecution, has the unfettered power to withdraw a charge before the court.”